Photo: Valeria Trucchia
George Schuller graduated from New England Conservatory of Music in 1982. For the next twelve years he was a fixture on the Boston jazz scene performing with Jaki Byard, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Lisa Thorson, John Lockwood, Bruce Gertz, Dominique Eade, Herb Pomeroy, and many others. Over the last three decades, Schuller has released more than a dozen albums as a leader including five albums with Orange Then Blue. In 1995 he appeared on Joe Lovano's Rush Hour (Blue Note, Downbeat “Album of the Year”) featuring compositions and arrangements by Gunther Schuller. He has performed, toured and/or recorded with Lee Konitz, Mose Allison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nnenna Freelon, Ran Blake, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, Armen Donelian, Conference Call, Michael Musillami, Jason Robinson, Katie Bull, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and others.
George performs at major festivals internationally and has a very active career as a record producer, arranger, and composer. His awards for composition include Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship for Music Composition, an NEA Composition Grant, and The Julius Hemphill Composition Award. As a bandleader, Schuller has released several recordings on Playscape Records – most recently Circle Wide’s Listen Both Ways – as well as albums on GM, Fresh Sound, 482 Music, Cleanfeed and New World Records. Besides recording his own music, he has released album tributes to Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis, as well as the music of Jaki Byard (Yard Byard) and Eric Dolphy (Russ Johnson’s Still Out To Lunch).
Schuller is also active in the film world having co-produced the 2007 Film Documentary Music Inn, which was introduced at various film festivals including Tribeca, Berkshire, Galway, Munich and Prague.Schuller lives in Brooklyn, NY, and freelances in the New York City area and all around New England performing with his own group Circle Wide and others. He joined the LJC faculty in 2008.